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Lifestyle & Views in Blue Ridge GA

The Real Estate market in the Blue Ridge GA area is continuing to grow. This is a great time to buy or sell a home as we roll into the winter months with many people looking to sell properties before the end of year and others looking to purchase in the same time frame.

There are so many ways to enjoy the area! To make the best of your move there are a few things to think about.

Blue Ridge Lifestyle

Most people when looking for Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA assume the only styles are traditional “cabin” and log homes. This is not the case! In Blue Ridge there are a variety of properties for sale to include lake front, mini-farms with rolling pastures, Toccoa River front, and so much more. These are all terrific options for buying real estate in the Blue Ridge area. All of these property types are part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle which is that of relaxed yet still modern living. Blue Ridge has a variety of outdoor activities such as rafting, tubing, hiking, boating, and scenic tours. This is only a small part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle as the community and city of Blue Ridge are equally as beautiful and full of adventure. Be sure to check out all of the restaurants & boutique shops – all are unique to this area. A great resource for where to eat, what to do, and where to stay is the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce.

Are you looking for lake front properties?

Lake Blue Ridge is accessible from both Morganton and Blue Ridge making it an ideal area for a variety of budgets and styles. The Lake Blue Ridge eastern side, primarily accessible from Old Highway 76 and Aska Rd., are typically modern rustic cabin style homes featuring a variety of amenities including gated access and deeded lake access. These properties are as unique as the leaves being built by a variety of custom home builders including Big Dawg Builders and High Country Builders.

The western side of Lake Blue Ridge, located primarily in Morganton, is an excellent option for those looking to purchase rental investments or live full time in a more budget friendly area. These homes are a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern rustic cabins – a property type for every preference and budget range.

Lakefront properties while varied in style typically are on the market for very short times due to the limited availability and gorgeous views.

Are you looking for a creek or river view?

Sometimes creek front and river front properties, while still on the upper end of prices, are the most affordable type of waterfront real estate in Blue Ridge. These typically cabin style homes make for excellent investment properties having a high rental value due to the versatile nature. Creek and riverfront cabins make excellent honeymoon destinations and weekend fishing getaways. The Blue Ridge creeks and rivers range from small branches up to the Toccoa River and Fightingtown Creek – both of which are perfect for outdoor activities and peaceful rushing water life.

While property on Lake Blue Ridge is limited and nearing 100% developed there are hundreds of lots available on the variety of rivers and creeks. Land/Lots/Acreage can range from less than $50,000 to well over $150,000 depending on the proximity to town and what type/area/length of water feature is available. Many of the homes located on Fightingtown Creek and the Toccoa River are within 5-15 miles from downtown Blue Ridge yet boast privacy and seclusion.

What qualifies as a mountain view?

Most Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA feature some time of feature or view – the most coveted being the long range mountain view. Mountain views in Blue Ridge GA while plentiful are becoming more and more scarce for purchase as vacant lots are being purchased by investors and building companies to build new cabins. These views are classified as year round, seasonal, long range, and traditional.

The best combination for beautiful serene living are year round long range views which feature boundless mountain tops often extending into Tennessee and North Carolina. Most long range mountain views are found toward the top of a mountain but do not necessarily need to be far out of town. A great example of of property close to Blue Ridge with an endless view is 352 Endless View Rd – Check out the listing by clicking here. You can also see the Matterport virtual tour here!

Traditional and long range year round mountain views usually incur a higher price tag due to their highly coveted nature. An excellent way to stay toward the lower end of your budget while still getting a gorgeous home is to look for properties with limited mountain views such as seasonal or less than 30 degrees field of view.

Mountain view properties in Blue Ridge GA can be found in most every area and property type! This is great for buyers because you’ll find homes in most every price range and style. A couple great areas to check out are Cherry Log, Cashes Valley, and Cohutta Ranch!

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Top Properties in the Blue Ridge Area

It’s that time of year again…as the holidays are upon us and end of the year is rapidly approaching we are doing our annual Real Estate Round-Up! The Real Estate Round-Up is compilation of top Real Estate in Blue Ridge, GA listed by Nathan Fitts RE/MAX Town & Country. This year has been wonderful for both buyers and sellers with the perfect storm of property coming on the market and buyers travelling from all over the country to see Blue Ridge, GA. The Round-Up lists properties currently on the market in a variety of price ranges with 1-5 per category to highlight great deals and gorgeous homes. Have questions or interested in requesting a showing? Contact us today! (706) 468-3152 or

Real Estate $800,000+ in Blue Ridge, GA

1. 79 Overlake Ct., Morganton GA | $1,390,000 | #269907

Lakeside retreat with million-dollar views directly on Lake Blue Ridge… With unbeatable style, this new construction lake front lodge by Big South Builders is the opportunity of a lifetime. This luxurious retreat boasts a wall of windows overlooking breathtaking scenes, soaring cathedral ceilings, rock fireplace, wood floors, modern rustic accents galore, large convenient party porch, wrap around porches, and more! Master suite features walk-in tile shower & separate soaking tub w/ private balcony to enjoy the great outdoors. Finished basement offers bedroom, bathroom, recreation & media room, gas log FP, & wet bar. You will enjoy amazing year-round lake access and views from the pristine Star Creek Estates, along with your covered boat dock complete with sun deck. Hurry! Your dream home awaits…

2. 352 Endless View Rd., Mineral Bluff GA | $990,000 | #269371

Grand mountain estate…. You’ll be living large in this immaculate and spacious mountain top lodge with stunning layered panoramic mountain views. Complete with four generous sized bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two half bathrooms, this chalet has everything you can imagine… and more! The open great room and kitchen with an abundance of glass allows you to soak in the views year-round from the enjoyment of your floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace. The full finished basement offers living and entertainment space galore including wet bar, stone fireplace and exit to second level of decking to enjoy the glorious view. It offers a gentle driveway and plentiful parking, spectacular landscaping including outdoor dining pavilion with fire pit. It is located in the upscale Bear Mountain community with easy access, all paved roads and is convenient to all the Blue Ridge Mountain amenities!

3. 888 Cross Creek Rd., Mineral Bluff GA | $899,900 | #271948

Perfectly situated overlooking the serene Toccoa River, this masterpiece boasts personality galore. With the ability to sleep 15+guests, this luxurious rustic retreat is the headquarters of entertainment with an open floor plan, amazing hosting opportunities both indoors & outdoors, plentiful sleeping quarters including the master suite on the main with 2nd bedroom and bathroom, upstairs loft & “man cave,” as well as full finished basement with second kitchen, living room, bunkhouse, & additional bedroom/bathroom. You’re sure to be wowed from the moment you arrive with the outstanding attention to detail, soaring ceilings, & abundance of upgraded custom finishes complete with handpicked railing & beams, lighting & plumbing fixtures, & more. Just a short distance from town this natural beauty is accessed via all paved roads with gated entrance, community pavilion, & boat launch. Built with durability & ease-of-living in mind, this is truly a dream come true. This property does have Toccoa River frontage and a gorgeous outdoor seating area and detached waterfront deck.

4. 204 Woodthrush Dr., Blue Ridge GA 30513 | $869,900 | #272726

The wow factor… This four bedroom four bathroom modern rustic lodge is sure to stun you & your guests from the moment you arrive. With the privacy of 5.35 acres & with pristine hardwoods & native flora surrounding, this dazzling home feels completely tucked away, yet, it is less than five minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. This home boasts serious Keith Sumner style, as it mixes mountain construction with modern design. This dazzling modern rustic retreat offers a blend of textures with natural elements such as live edge siding, board-n-batten, shakes, and stone accents. The floor plan offers plenty of open space for entertaining, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, stone fireplaces, custom stone showers, and countless upgraded finishes. Scenic Heights showcases beautiful mountain living out all paved roads with gated entry.

5. 255 Katahdin Dr., Mineral Bluff GA | $850,000 | #267902

Bringing new meaning to high expectations… Fully furnished & professionally decorated and perched atop the stunning Mountain High Community, this modern rustic lodge sits above the clouds with all the bells & whistles including Sonos Bluetooth sound system, internet based thermostat & alarm, & whole house generator. Complete with log, timber, stone, & iron accents, this home offers heart pine oil rubbed floors, gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, cabinet appliance faces, custom bathroom with travertine marble & slate, & more. The enormous master suite boasts panoramic mountain views from the comfort of your bed, as well as privacy with gorgeous sliding barn doors. The basement is complete with stone fireplace, game area, wet bar, & full bedroom & bathroom and beautiful custom western finishes. Enjoy views from every level & an abundance of indoor/outdoor entertainment space. The 2 car garage is also perfect for your mountain toys.

Real Estate $500,000-$799,000 in Blue Ridge, GA

1. 272 Heights Overlook, Blue Ridge GA | $725,000 | #271540

When you mix mountain construction w/ modern design, your result is a stunning contemporary retreat! This spectacular modern rustic lodge offers a blend of textures incl. natural elements such as live edge siding, board-n-batten, shakes, & stone accents. The open spacious FP offers a beautiful custom gourmet kit. open to the living & dining rm w/ stacked stone fireplace, an abundance of glass allowing you to enjoy the outdoors from within & providing you w/ natural light, & an overall inviting space perfect for entertaining that connects you w/ the outdoors. Other features include custom tile showers, soaring cath. ceilings, full fin. basement, oversized covered porch areas, & more! The Heights showcases the best in elevated rustic living, as it borders the USFS, & boasts all paved roads, gated entry, u/g utilities, & pavilion overlooking comm. pond. Your dream lodge awaits…

2. 239 Covered Bridge Ln., Blue Ridge GA | $610,000 | #271656

Mountain top lodge with million-dollar views Enjoy the long range heart stopping layered panoramic mountain views from this new construction lodge with unbeatable style. This luxurious get away boasts a wall of windows overlooking breathtaking scenes, soaring cath. ceilings, rock fireplace and wood floors, modern rustic accents galore, large covered party porch, wrap around porches, & more! Perfect for entertaining, this home offers an open floor plan with finished basement, media room, and wet bar, and it is located in the upscale gated community, The Heights at Cashes Valley, very near the USFS with all paved roads and access to private pond and elegant party pavilion. There is no reason to leave this exquisite mountainside retreat!

3. 686 Delphi Woods Rd., McCayesville GA | $595,000 | #266078

The best of both worlds… With a rustic exterior & privacy galore, you will enjoy the mtn life & the breathtaking panoramic views of the rushing Fightingtown Creek from the moment you arrive. W/ 3 levels of living & decks spanning the entire backside, this home is built to last, constructed of steel beams & concrete w/ wood finishes, & the exterior steps even lead right into the water! Now let’s step inside to the city. Completely remodeled, this industrial chic 4BR/3.5 BA loft-style home w/ exposed duct work & a blend of textures offers an open floor plan w/ flexibility for a full-time family’s changing needs, weekend retreat, or rental investment. The industrial materials are complemented w/ chic finishes & an abundance of natural light that make for a warm inviting space that connects you with the outdoors.

4. 46 Chestnut Ridge, Blue Ridge GA | $539,900 | #273342

Views, views, views! This 4 bedroom 4 bathroom modern rustic lodge is sure to stun you & your guests from the moment you arrive. With the privacy of 6+/- acres – pristine hardwoods & native flora surrounding- this stunning log retreat feels completely tucked away, yet, it is just minutes from downtown Blue Ridge & Lake Blue Ridge. Newly remodeled, this home offers upgrades galore, a blend of textures, landscaping w/ accent lighting, & whole house generator. The floorplan offers plenty of open space for entertaining, gourmet kitchen w/ custom cabinetry & granite, Viking appliances, stone fireplaces, custom tile showers, & much more! Did we mention the abundance of outdoor living space? And don’t forget the 2 car garage! Showcasing the best of Blue Ridge, this home boasts mountain AND lake views – it doesn’t get much better than this!

5. 12 Heights Overlook, Blue Ridge GA | $525,000 | #272718

I’ll have a room with a view, please! We’ve got one for you… and your guests, too! This 3BR/3BA new construction prow front lodge overlooks the beautiful North Georgia mountains with pristine hardwoods and native flora surrounding. This home boasts serious style, as it mixes mountain construction with modern design. This dazzling modern rustic retreat offers a blend of textures with natural elements such as live edge siding, board-n-batten, shakes, and stone accents. The floorplan offers plenty of open space for entertaining, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, stone fireplaces, and other upgraded finishes galore. The Heights at Cashes Valley showcases the best in elevated rustic living, as it borders the USFS, and boasts all paved roads, gated entry, u/g utilities, and pavilion overlooking comm. pond. This is mountain living at its finest!

Real Estate $400,000-$499,000 in Blue Ridge, GA

1. 991 Garnet Dr., Ellijay GA | $499,850 | #271919

A touch of class…Conveniently nestled less than 5 mi. away from 515, this custom-built, one-of-a-kind, mtn-top estate is like no other in NGA. Boasting year-round river mtn & sunset views overlooking noisy rapids of the Coosawattee River, you’ll delight in the time spent outdoors whether on your “rocking chair” front porch or back decks. Features sure to wow you & your guests include the gourmet kitchen w/ the finest upgrades available, breathtaking 2-story grandroom w/ t&g ceiling, custom lighting, floor-to-ceiling fp, lavish master suite, tremendous loft w/ built-in desk, whole house generator, granite countertops, & more. The designer features are truly unbelievable. The basement boasts a one-of-a-kind media room, office/library, full BA, storage, & 2car garage. Amazingly well-kept, this home is move-in ready. Complete w/ outstanding privacy, this is truly one you don’t want to miss!

2. 135 Shepherds Way, Morganton GA | $429,900 | #268325

Enjoy the upscale mountain lifestyle… Accessed by all paved roads w/ gated entry, this magnificent retreat is located in the pristine Shepherds Ridge community w/ splendid mtn scenery leading the way. Situated perfectly on this gentle beautifully wooded lot w/ remarkable privacy, this home is ideal for full-time living, as well as for a rental investment. Delight in the great outdoors rocking or swinging on 3 levels of screened in porches while snuggling up by the fire pit. The open floorplan is perfect for entertaining guests & offers a BR & BA on each level. The upstairs master suite boasts its own private balcony, & the basement is complete w/ rec/media rm, laundry rm, & easy access to the firepit. W/ upgraded finishes galore & 3 car garage to store your mtn “toys,” what more could you ask for?

3. 166 Nana and Papas Trl., Blairsville GA | $429,900 | #270173

Country living at its finest… This 26 acre farm boasts a 4200 sq ft 4BR/4BA home, two private and shared pond, large 3 stall barn with workshop, feed room, tack room, hay loft, tractor & equipment covered parking, and more. Complete with long range views of Brasstown Bald & distant mountains, this home features hardwood floors, family room with vaulted ceiling, gas log fireplace, large tiled kitchen with cooking island, formal dining room, master on the main, oversized bedrooms, full basement with 2nd kitchen and laundry… What more could you ask for? Enjoy the country life and privacy galore!

4. 759 Picklesimer Mtn., Morganton GA | $429,900 | #272457

Offering unique style and dramatic rustic splendor, this outstanding lodge style cabin is surrounded with peace & tranquility. The serene landscape sets the stage for this exquisite dwelling that’s not only a work of art but completely functional for the part-time or full-time living. Located in the heart of Morganton, a beautiful drive from downtown Blue Ridge, this private lot is extremely convenient, yet feels completely tucked away with stunning mountain views. This home boasts a wonderful floor plan, a view from each level, upgraded finishes galore, custom cabinets, hardwood floors throughout, and even an oversized party porch w/ fireplace perfect for outdoor entertaining! Enjoy the natural amenities nearby such as the USFS, hiking/biking trails, Lake Blue Ridge, and the Toccoa River. In a hurry to leave the hustle & bustle behind? It’s time to make your move; the mountain life awaits!

5. 275 Cascade Point, Ellijay GA | $424,000 | #272446

The WOW factor… While boasting the luxuries of the mountain life, including Ellijay River frontage, this outstanding cabin is often referred to as “Fort Knox” by family & friends, as it was custom designed & built w/ durability & practicality in mind. Enjoy your own haven w/ the rushing sounds of the river from 3 levels overlooking this glorious view. Offering 5BR/3BA, this floor plan is perfect for full-time or rental, as it is close to both downtown Blue Ridge & Ellijay & offers plenty of parking in the 2car garage. W/ upgrades galore, this home displays true craftsmanship (specified in the owner’s points of interest attached.) The master suite offers a private porch, an abundance of storage, French doors leading to the jetted garden tub, & cozy stone FP that is even remote controlled! They’ve truly thought of it all. Delight in complete privacy w/ room to roam & enjoy the great outdoors!

Real Estate $200,000-$399,000 in Blue Ridge, GA

1. 124 Michelle Cir., Ellijay GA | $399,000 | #272083

View-va-licious…W/ a panoramic ridgeline view of the mtns that goes on for days, this home is not only comfortable & inviting but absolutely breathtaking! The easy to maintain hardiplank exterior leaves more time to enjoy the expansive 4 levels of decking overlooking this astounding view, which provides you w/ amazing opportunities for entertainment. Wow your guests from the moment they arrive w/ the beautiful landscaping, leading you into this spacious traditional style home w/ upgraded finishes galore. You’ll relish in the cozy feeling upon entry, especially w/ the abundance of glass allowing the warming of natural light. This immaculate retreat offers oversized BRs & BA, & pvt master suite upstairs complete w/ fireplace, large BA, walk-in closet, & private porch. Just a short drive from the marina, you’ll even enjoy seasonal views of Carters Lake! We’ve brought the house, now you bring the family!

2. 667 Chestnut Ridge, Blue Ridge GA | $369,900 | #272903

Up, up, and away… This newly remodeled log cabin boast views, views, and more views of the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains. Located in the highly desirable Chestnut Ridge, a short distance from downtown Blue Ridge and in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, this private lot is extremely convenient, yet feels completely tucked away. Enjoy the natural amenities such as the USFS, hiking/biking trails, Lake Blue Ridge, and the Toccoa River. This retreat boasts an an open floor plan with great room, eat in kitchen, lots of glass for natural light, an abundance of “rustic” lodge style accents, fireplace, modern fixtures & finishes, and room for expansion with a full partially finished basement. Delight in the serenity of the North Georgia Mountains from the wrap around decks. This is one you don’t want to miss, whether you are looking for full-time or part-time living… a work of art!

3. 100 Windy Valley Ln., Blue Ridge GA | $249,500 | #272062

Room to grow…Comfortable, inviting, & easy to maintain, this expansive 4BR/3BA traditional style home is very well-kept & recently updated w/ modern finishes & upgrades galore such as granite countertops, flooring, fixtures, cabinets, stainless appl., & more! The spacious floorplan is great for entertaining, especially with a beautiful open kitchen & dining area, which boasts a stone fireplace. Enjoy oversized BRs & BAs, a full basement for room to expand, & even a drive under garage. Minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, this home is conveniently located just a short distance from all area schools, medical facilities, dining, entertainment, & even the Toccoa River. The low-maintenance exterior leaves you w/ more time to enjoy the abundance of outdoor living space complete w/ firepit, rocking chair front porch, room for your garden, & play area for your children & 4-legged friends. Country living at its finest!

5. 72 Darlene Dr., Blairsville GA | $215,000 | #272975

This one is a must see. Newly updated split level home with 3BR/2.5 BA. Beautiful hickory floors with state of the art kitchen. Large open living/dining/kitchen. This home is perfect for full time living. Situated on 1.5 acres, nice level yard for the kids to play with a great fire pit area to enjoy on those cool evenings. Located in a great area just inside the Union county line. Don’t let this one pass you up.

Real Estate Under $200,000 in Blue Ridge, GA

1. 477 Mountain View Cir., Blue Ridge GA | $185,000 | #264912

Honey, I’m Home! From the moment you step into this warm cabin, you will feel as if you are home to stay. This 2BR/2BA cozy retreat offers three levels of living and was remodeled in 1999. The upstairs loft has potential galore: guest sleeping, office, children’s play area, and more! The cozy main floor living area with 2 bedrooms, family room, and kitchen is perfect for couples and families of all ages, as well as the finished basement, whether you desire a full-time, weekend, or rental investment. Completely secluded on a wooded lot, this home is minutes away from Hwy. 515 – a very short drive from historic downtown Blue Ridge – giving you easy access for traveling. Conveniently tucked away, delight yourself in all that the mountain life has to offer!

2. 80 Fox Run Dr., Blue Ridge GA | $178,000 | #253716

GLASS VIEW CHALET OVERLOOKING PRIVATE POND! This 4BR, 2BA wood sided home is the perfect mountain cottage totaling over 2,400 sq. ft located w/ easy all paved rd access to Fox Run less than 5 min. to historic downtown Blue Ridge. A massive “wall of glass” in the GR allow you to enjoy the outdoors from inside incl. the glistening waters of your private pond below great for fishing & recreation. LR features soaring cath. ceilings, hardwood floors & Rock gas log FP. FIN basement offers add. Living quarters w/ walkout basement INCL 2 BR’s & REC/Media Rm w/ gas log FP opening onto lower level rock patio. Over-sized open deck overlooks this picture perfect setting situated on 1.52 beautiful usable acres great for the kids or dogs – Room to roam!

3. 1194 Riverview Dr., Ellijay GA | $167,900 | #272743

Quite the charmer & conveniently located just minutes from downtown Ellijay & Hwy. 515, this 3BR/2BA traditional style ranch is located out all paved roads & in a gated community w/ all of the amenities you could imagine! Perfect for all walks of life, & built w/ quality, durability, & ease-of-living in mind, you will embrace the simple life w/ cozy one level living & gentle yard for low maintenance, which leaves more time for pleasure… & room for expansion in the basement! Complete w/ a new LVP kitchen floor & HVAC, as well as freshly painted, this is the home of your dreams! Did we mention that the Coosawattee River is just a quick drive down the street? Nature’s playground at your back door. Recently updated w/ modern finishes, this home boasts a wonderful floorplan & is move-in ready! The perfect investment awaits all ages…

4. 611 Johnson Ford Rd., Epworth GA | $158,750 | #272661

Honey, I’m Home! From the moment you step into this warm cabin, you will feel as if you are home to stay. This cozy retreat offers main level living with 2BR, 2B, laundry room, kitchen, living room, and great screened deck, as well as a full basement complete with garage, finished area, bathroom, and laundry hookup. With room to expand, 10×10 storage building, and fenced yard & for entertaining children or your four-legged friends, this is the perfect cabin whether you desire a full-time, weekend, or rental investment. Just a short drive from both historic downtown Blue Ridge & McCaysville, you’ll be close to area schools, hospital, and entertainment, yet feel tucked away. Don’t let this opportunity to enjoy the mountain life with complete privacy pass you by!

5. 171 Salvage Ln., Blue Ridge GA | $149,000 | #273196

Home sweet home… Located less than five miles from all that Blue Ridge has to offer, this cozy cottage has the best of both worlds with convenience and a view overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. This ranch style three bedroom one bath offers one level living and is ideal for full-time, as well as part-time living. Situated on a nice level 1.84 acre lot, this home also features an abundance of deck space overlooking the mountains, two car attached carport, detached carport for vehicles and outdoor equipment, wood shed, storm cellar, covered porch, and partially fenced backyard – great for kids and your four-legged friends! The unfinished basement also boasts an abundance of possibilities for workshop, storage and more.

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7 Reasons Why You Need An Agent Instead of Trying For Sale by Owner

7 Reasons Why You Need An Agent Instead of Trying For Sale by Owner


If you’re thinking about selling your home, you might still be on the fence about whether to hire an agent to help you sell, or if you should try selling by owner. Though it’s up to you how to go about the process of selling, there are some major benefits to using an agent that will help you save time, increase the value of your sale, and support buyer confidence. Here are just a few ways an agent can help make your home-selling experience less stressful while ensuring you get the most value on the market.


7) An agent is an expert for real estate in your area, like Blue Ridge


This is at the top of our list at number seven, but it’s one of the most important factors to consider. Even though you may be keeping up with recent sales in Blue Ridge and watching trends in the market, a real estate agent is going to be the most knowledgeable about what you can do in your home to help it sell faster and at a higher value.


6) Access to the Multiple Listing Service, like North East Georgia MLS and Georgia MLS (Atlanta)


An agent is going to help you sell your home faster because he or she has access to the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS. The MLS is a database of all the homes for sale in your area, and when your home is listed in that database, all other potential homeowners’ agents will be able to see your home as an option.


This expedites the “word of mouth” process and helps others see that your home is also being sold with help from an agent. For buyers using a real estate agent, that person could be more interested in showing their clients homes that are being sold with help from an agent rather than from a family who’s trying for sale by owner.


Effective agents in the Blue Ridge/Tri-State area subscribe to the North East Georgia MLS and Georgia MLS which doubles the coverage in which your home is displayed.


5) They’re in-the-know on code regulations and zoning laws


You might know everything about events in your neighborhood, the quality of the schools, and where the best markets are, but an agent is going to be your trusted source for all of the local coding laws and zoning regulations that will apply to your residence. This is especially important when looking at different types of properties such as cabins and mountain homes in the Blue Ridge area.


Making sure your house is up to code will make the selling process much smoother and will give buyers confidence when they make offers to buy your home. If something isn’t up to code, like the entrances, foundation, roof, wiring, flooring, or plumbing, you’ll want to have someone on hand who can point out what needs to be repaired, and what doesn’t, helping you increase the value of your home and keep repair costs from exceeding what they need to be.


4) Inspector and contractor referrals


After your agent helps you evaluate your home, he or she might find something that needs to be addressed further before introducing your home to potential buyers. That’s where their knowledge of professional inspectors and contractors in the area will come into play. Having an agent is kind of like having a guide through the home selling process, a guide who doesn’t want you to waste money or find yourself in a situation where you’re in over your head. Having their knowledge of how to go about prepping your home for sale will be a huge help and will save you time and money.


3) Networking with other agents and potential buyers


Not only should your agent know of well-reviewed inspectors and contracts, but he or she will also have a trusted network of other real estate agents and potential buyers. Rather than depending on your own advertising and word-of-mouth, your agent is going to be able to reach out to other agents with which he or she has built a relationship.


If your agent has facilitated positive home sale experiences in the past for other agents and their clients, those agents will likely want to work with your agent to help find the right buyer for your home. In addition to the MLS list, your agent will make sure your home is visible on the market and attractive to buyers.


2) Official and professional price negotiators


One of the most challenging tasks as a seller is to know the best asking price for your home. You might be able to be a pretty good judge based on what other homes similar to yours are selling for in your area, but you might not be taking amenities, aesthetic appeal, remodeling, and other factors into account. If you post an asking price that’s too high, you’re going to keep yourself on the market for a longer period of time, wasting your own time, when you’ll likely wind up with lower offers in the near future.


But at the same time, you don’t want to start your asking price too low, because you might not realize that certain upgrades and additional features in your home, that were missing from a comparable home a few blocks away, might make your house worth more than you previously thought. Having an agent evaluate what your home is worth and come up with a pricing plan for buyers is a huge part of what an agent’s role is in the selling process, and it’s one of the most crucial reasons why having input from an expert is ideal.


1) A stress-free selling experience


Overall, the absolute best reason to use an agent is to make the sale of your home be as stress-free as possible. Of course selling your home will involve some stress and decision-making, but having an agent to guide you through the entire process is invaluable, and though having an agent might seem like an extra expense on the surface, his or her expertise and connections will help save you time and money overall.


Because you’re only going to sell just a few homes, or many just one home, in your lifetime, it can be a daunting task. Using a real estate agent who is aware of current trends and issues in your community, and is helping families sell and buy homes each week, will be a tremendous asset to you in your own experience. There’s a value in what you’re getting from your agent that goes beyond a price tag, and the confidence and security an agent can provide your family will make the sale of your home a positive experience.

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4 Blue Ridge Driving Tours For Nature Lovers

Many visitors to the Blue Ridge area love to go explore the outdoors on foot, but we know that hiking is not everyone’s favorite summer vacation activity. If you want to experience the beauty of the area (without working up a sweat), we’ve got you covered with some incredible driving tours. Always remember to bring trash bags with you if you’re planning on getting out of your car to hike in the woods, and use your best judgement when walking near any wet ground or rocks! Many of these tours bring you past buildings and bridges that are well over 100 years old and up to altitudes of over 2,000 feet!


For more specific driving directions, information about each stop on the tours, and a visual map, be sure to click on the link for each driving tour on the list!


The Twin City Discovery Tour starts on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Line and leads you North along the winding Toccoa River to reach Horseshoe Bend Park, the perfect place for a picnic lunch or scenic photography session. You’ll then move along up to the Old Railway Bridge, the Toccoa & Ocoee River Outfitters, and McCaysville City Park, all of which split the river and provide amazing views.


Later in your journey, you’ll continue North to the border of McCaysville and Copperhill to visit the Railway Station and the Concrete and Steel Bridges, along with the Maloof Building, the Abernathy Building and Copperhill’s City Hall.


If you’re feeling more adventurous, the tour then leads you past the Tennessee Copper Company all the way up to the Ducktown Basin Museum and Burra Burra Mine. End the day with the final stop: the Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Center where you can get wet and enjoy the river’s wild (or not so wild) ride!



The Fannin County Town & Country Driving Tour has fewer stops, with more driving time in between destinations, but the country views are worth it and you’ll quickly become an expert on all that Fannin County has to offer.


You and your family begin the tour in the heart of Blue Ridge and then drive Northwest to McKinney Crossing and Higdon, then through the Devil’s Den to Cashes Valley! From there you will navigate your way back to the main highway and head North to Epworth, following by a trip all the way over the Tennessee border, but not before stopping in McCaysville!


Up in Tennessee, you will explore the Copper Basin along the Ocoee River before driving Southeast to the Mineral Bluff. Heading toward Lake Blue Ridge, you’ll then drive to Morganton where you’ll be greeted by amazing views of the lake. If you’re in the mood for water sports, relaxing, hiking or great food, you’ve come to the right place!


The last stop on the tour brings you South to Dial Valley and then ends near the Stanley Creek, just a few miles from Highway 515.




Get ready to drive through the mountains as you follow Highway 60 in a counterclockwise circle around Blue Ridge. Driving South on Aska Road, you’ll pass Harmony Church and keep driving until the first stop at the Deep Gap Trailhead. At the top, you can see Springer Mountain, which is where the Appalachian Trail begins!


As you continue on your journey, you’ll come to the next stop: the Toccoa River Rapids, a popular spot to view the pristine waters. You might even see some trout fishermen who are eager and competitive with fly fishing. Drive a bit further along Stanley Creek Road, and you’ll be able to get out at hike a series of trails (based on your ability level) to Fall Branch Falls.


On the next part of the tour, you’ll go back in time to see some of the historic buildings that Blue Ridge has preserved, including the Shallowford Bridge from 1920, the VanZandt House, the Cochran-Davenport House, and the Chastain House.


If you are looking to relax on the river, the Toccoa Valley Campground is a great place to rent a tube, kayak, or canoe and bring the tour to the water!


What we love the most about this tour though is that one of its final stops is at the Serenberry Vineyards outside of Morganton. It’s only open from Thursday-Sunday, but the barn is almost 100 years old and it now serves as a tasting room for the vineyard. End your tour at the Blue Ridge Lake and Dam with over 100 miles of shoreline!


Before starting your journey through the Cohutta Wilderness, be sure to check ahead of time that the roads are open. Start at the stunning Mercier Orchards that produce over 20 varieties of apples, along with cherries, berries, peaches, and wines. You’ll then pass by McKinney Crossing, a house over 100 years old; the Mr. Morian Baptist Church, which has been in operation since 1858; and Watson’s Store, which has also been on site for over 150 years!


With an altitude of 2,700 feet, Watson’s Gap will bring you up toward Conasauga then onto Dyer Gap, a named for a pioneer family that is still living in the area. If you’re up for a challenge, you’ll then drive to the South Fork Trail, which will lead you on a three-mile journey up to the top. Don’t forget your water, sunscreen, a picnic and a camera!


Jacks River Fields over to your left also provides picnic tables for your family to enjoy a lunch outside in the mountains along a pristine trout river. Continuing along the winding road, you have access to the Mountaintown Creek Trail (over 5 and a half miles), Three Forks Mountain (a 7 mile hike on an abandoned roadbed), and the Mountain Creek Overbed — with a view that is not to be missed!


You can also visit Betty Gap, which has trails that are a bit easier to navigate and follow the Conasauga River, and the Chestnut Lead Trail, a short hike that’s under 2 miles and easy to navigate for families. If you’re looking to spend a night in the wilderness, the Ballfield Group Camping Area and Lake Conasauga Recreation Area are the two final stops on this tour, both of which are excellent spots for camping!


You’ll then drive back in the direction from which you came to get back to the highway (and civilization)!


You can print out the maps or download them to your phone from the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains App!

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12 Unique Restaurants To Visit In Blue Ridge!

The Vault Blue Ridge Bar & Grill

The Vault Blue Ridge has created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal produce. Taking inspiration from around the world, all the dishes on our menu are created with Southern style. Using incredible Georgia produce, meats and fish are prepared on site every day, and paired with ingredients so good they really speak for themselves. They have created true Southern style dishes including a variety of brunch, sandwich, and grill items. The Vault Blue Ridge is also one of the few locations staying open late to accommodate local customers who want a late night bite and drink! The Vault is definitely a bar & grill worth checking out.


Black Sheep Restaurant Bar & Patio

The Black Sheep restaurant looks to be the oddball of Fannin County and wants to make a memorable dining experience for you and your family, without passing on the luxuries of Southern cooking. What makes this restaurant so unique is its knack for fusion meals, including Asian tuna nachos, venison chops, and sweet bacon mac n’ cheese. This twist on comfort food is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the covered patio area is also the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a glass of private label wine! The new owners, Anthony and Brandon, have done a phenomenal job re-tooling the menu and creating a truly unique fine dining experience.

Blue Ridge Fry Shop

The Blue Ridge Fry Shop located right in the heart of Main Street is best known for its perfectly fried pork, chicken, and catfish sandwiches that are coupled with crispy french fries. Even the dessert is fried (although there are a few salads on the menu)! You won’t want to leave without sampling a fried pie or churro, especially without some extra caramel or chocolate.


Boat Dock Bar and Grill

Located on the water at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, the Boat Dock Bar and Grill offers classic lakeside burgers and fare that’s affordable and family-friendly. The lakeside atmosphere sets it aside from other sandwich and salad restaurants, allowing you to watch the boats and watersports in the marina. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous with your drink of choice, be sure to try one of their original cocktail creations!


Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill

This rustic American bar and grill in downtown Blue Ridge is conveniently located on the corner of East Main and Depot Street. The menu is both regional and seasonal, changing throughout the year to bring you the best of what Blue Ridge has to offer. The ambiance of the bar is a perfect balance of elegance and comfort, providing a space for you to relax and enjoy some out of the ordinary beverages. Will you be having a glass of the Wookie or the Brewnenmeyer Mary? You might just want to sample both. And be sure to ask your server for more information about the history of bar, which has been family owned and operated for three generations!


Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe

Located right on the winding Toccoa River, the family-owned Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe is a one-of-a-kind stop for anyone passing through the Blue Ridge area. Fresh baked pies, hot apple cakes, and homemade doughnuts are only a few of the mouth-watering desserts baked on site. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to an old time country store with first class hospitality and a slice of pie that’s just won first place at the county fair. The cafe also sells juicy burgers, fries, pulled pork sandwiches, and many other classic comfort foods.

Mountain View Orchards & Cider House Cafe

The Cider House Cafe describes themselves as being “that little place in the mountains that feels like home.” Open for lunch and dinner daily, the menu offers an array of meat and seafood, including burgers, shrimp, salads, and local trout. The magical dining experience comes from the view of the orchards and mountain side. You’ll eat a delicious meal in a spot that’s tucked in the rolling orchards up on the hillside. Oh, and don’t even think about leaving without having a tall glass of the apple cider!


Taste of Amish

Not only is Taste of Amish a highly-recommended, unique place to dine, but it’s also a fresh food market stocked with incredible local items. The sandwich shop located inside the market is always a popular spot for grabbing a fresh, healthy lunch before heading out to explore the Chattahoochee National Forest. You can also purchase jams and jellies, meats, fresh cheeses, and bakery goods, along with handmade soaps and other Amish remedy products. Explore a Taste of Amish in the South and sample the exclusive organic foods you cannot find anywhere else in Blue Ridge!

The Boro Inn Irish Pub
Cead Mille Failte! The Boro Inn’s Irish Pub, named for the Boro River in Ireland where the family first opened a pub five generations ago, will treat you like one of their family! You’ll be able to enjoy Irish ales, ciders, lagers, stouts, international beers, spirits & wines, along with soft drinks and Irish food. The culture infused into the restaurant is found through music and storytelling. It’s not uncommon to hear a song, sonnet, poem, or story about Irish history while you’re dining or meeting new mates. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve traveled from, when you enter the doors at The Boro Inn Irish Pub, you’ll be treated like a local.


The Copper Grill

Have you ever wanted to dine in two places at once? At The Copper Grill, you can technically cross that goal off your bucket list! The restaurant sits on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, and offers juicy hand-crafted burgers and large servings of french fries that are perfect for munching as you move across state lines. The sandwiches and chili are also not to be missed! The grill is popular among locals and very convenient for families traveling through the area.


Toccoa Riverside Restaurant

One of the most scenic dining experiences on this list, the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant puts you and your family in the heart of Blue Ridge. Easily accessible, but nestled along the side of the river, you’ll be able to watch wildlife, hear the moving water and smell the fresh scents of the mountains as you catch up with family and friends. For over 20 years, the restaurant has served thousands of patrons who are delighted by the live bluegrass music and local cuisine. The views are unmatchable and the serenity is the perfect addition to any vacation.

VanZandt’s Riverwalk

We’ve saved the most unique Blue Ridge dining experience for last (and not just because they’re listed in alphabetical order). At VanZandt’s Riverwalk and Restaurant, you can actually go tubing or kayaking down the river in the afternoon. Rides last for 3-5 hours depending on the pace of the water, giving you plenty of time to digest VanZandt’s famous upside down burgers, cinnamon pancakes, or club sandwiches. You can find VanZandt’s on Newport Rd in Blue Ridge, and shuttles are provided for those who want to enjoy the afternoon lounging on the water!

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Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Blue Ridge, GA


Nestled in the Northern Georgia Mountains at the start of the Appalachian Trail, the town of Blue Ridge is a popular destination for singles and couples looking for a serene and eventful place to retire. With it’s central location, affordability, optimal weather and local happenings, Blue Ridge, GA should be at the top of your retirement city list!


10) Accessible for friends and family to visit

Even though you may be choosing a new home that takes you away from family and friends, you’ll want to make sure that it’s easy for loved ones to visit. It can be expensive to travel to seaside communities, and many other popular retirement cities often include a very long drive, which can be difficult for grandkids to handle. Blue Ridge, Georgia’s convenient location allows residents to feel like they’ve traveled to a getaway location, without being too far out of reach. Blue Ridge is less than a 2-hour drive from Atlanta and Chattanooga, with the drive from Knoxville under 2.5 hours. Blue Ridge is also just 3 hours from Greenville, SC! For guests traveling from further away, there are several small airports in the area, in addition to larger airports in those surrounding cities.


9) A community with welcoming traditions

No matter your interests, the Georgians of Blue Ridge have a seasonal traditions and annual events that you’re sure to love. The area is often the home to music festivals, traditional fruit picking activities, cook-offs, fairs, art shows, and other events that have the power to bring the community together.


8) Beauty of season changes without extreme winter

One major reason that people relocate when they retire is they want to escape winter weather. Winters can be especially dangerous for older adults, and you’ll definitely want to move to a place where you won’t worry about shoveling feet of snow or scraping up ice on your stoop. Summer all-year round isn’t ideal either though, and that’s one of the top reasons why Blue Ridge, GA is such a popular destination. The summers are more mild than other neighboring southern cities, the fall is absolutely breathtaking, and you’ll still experience winter without the added hassle or dangers. The region does see some snow, and there are opportunities for winter sports, but the snow and ice is mostly found in higher elevation.


7) Outdoor lifestyle

Have you never gone hiking or trout fishing? Maybe you’ve never been camping or haven’t tried the latest arts and crafts trend. Blue Ridge is welcoming to everyone, and you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy all of the adventures, but be ready to bring your social life outdoors. You’ll love being able to have a relaxing day on the lake, ride the historic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, or go camping in the wilderness that’s not so far from home. Blue Ridge also takes concerts and movies outside, and you can even experience a Drive-In that’s been in operation since 1955!


6) Housing choices you’ll love

Whether you’re looking to live in a quaint cottage, a log cabin, a suburban home, or an apartment, Blue Ridge has many residential choices to meet your needs. You can live up in the mountains, along the river, or close to town, putting you in the middle of what you enjoy most. The architecture style of homes in the area is also very diverse, and you’ll be able to find something that suits your taste and feels like home! Because it’s also a vacation destination for many families, your loved ones will also be able to find the perfect accommodations nearby (or with you) when they come to visit!


5) Fun recreational activities

Blue Ridge, GA is guaranteed to get you up and moving! With all of the activities to try and things to do, you’ll be active all year round and not only in warmer months. Hiking and exploring scenic routes are always popular, and if you’re more adventurous, you can go biking along one a new trail, go tubing down the river, go horseback riding through a trail, or even zip-line through the trees!


4) Cost of living is affordable

While many popular retirement destinations also offer gorgeous scenery and lots of local happenings, most of them also come with a hefty price tag. One of the reasons we love Blue Ridge, GA is that the cost of living here is much more affordable. According to AreaVibes, the cost of living in Blue Ridge is 13% lower than the national average and Georgia state income tax is 55% lower than the national average, which means you’ll be spending less on living expenses and activities. When friends and family come to visit, they’ll also be able to find affordable hotels, cabins or homes to rent.


3) Positive attitudes and spectacular hospitality

Southern hospitality is no joke! Blue Ridge is a community where everyone says hello to one another and residents are eager to welcome you to town. You’ll be able to connect with other residents and enjoy outdoor activities and events as part of a community. Kindness and friendly attitudes can be found at every turn, and if you’re arent originally from the South, you’ll love experiencing the charm and hospitality of what it means to be a Georgian.


2) Amazing local food

When moving to any new place, food is one of the most important factors to consider, and Blue Ridge does not disappoint! Some of the most popular places in town include a locally-sourced and farmed all-day breakfast joint, a gourmet chocolate and fudge shop, a fine dining restaurant with amazing riverside views, and tons of delicious comfort food. Not to mention, all of the local breweries and wineries offer opportunities for tours, sampling, and enjoying the scenery while munching on cheese plates and sipping your new favorite local beverage.


1) Easy to be social with others

It’s important for new retirees to be active in their communities and have ways to socialize with other residents and retirees. With lots of festivals, events, fairs, concerts, plays, art shows, and recreational activities, you’ll feel like you’ve become part of the Blue Ridge family in no time at all. Residents often spend time at local eateries or by making a picnic outdoors, and you’ll enjoy playing golf or participating in other games and activities with new friends.

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