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The Appalachian Trail Begins Here-Blue Ridge, GA

On August 14, 1937 the Appalachian Trail was opened as a “continuous footpath” that spans about 2,180 miles from its southern terminus at Fannin County’s own Springer Mountain to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

While close to 2,000 hikers a year attempt to walk the entire Trail, known as a thru-hike, only a small percentage succeed. The total number of hardy souls that have actually made the complete hike from start-to-finish in one attempt — which usually takes between five to seven months — is fewer than 10,000.

But for those of us who are far less ambitious, the Trail still beckons, offering the opportunity to find serenity and to escape the pressures of daily life in just an afternoon.

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Buyer Beware – 5 Reasons Home Inspections Matter


Latin for “let the buyer beware,” caveat emptor is a contract doctrine that puts the burden on the buyer to make a reasonable examination of a property prior to purchase to uncover any defects that may affect reasonable enjoyment of property, and further puts the onus on the buyer to take responsibility for its condition once the property has closed. In any real estate transaction, it is a given that a seller knows more than a buyer about the condition of a property. Because of this, the Georgia Association of Realtors requires all sellers to complete a seller’s disclosure that should identify any defects in a property that are known to the seller. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of sellers are completely forthcoming in the disclosures concerning any known defects. The tricky part comes in when the seller may not be aware of any defects or the fact that a situation may even constitute a defect. After all, they may have lived in a property for years with no problems at all blissfully ignorant of the fact that something may be in flagrant violation of current building standards. That is why a prudent buyer should always request a complete home inspection from a reputable home inspector, one who has taken formal training and has received certification from ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or GAHI (Georgia Association of Home Inspectors, which incorporates all the ASHI standards).

A formal inspection should encompass the various home systems: HVAC, interior plumbing, electrical systems, as well as the roof, foundation, walls, ceilings, doors, floors, basement and other structural components. Think of it as similar to a complete physical check-up when you visit your personal physician. Once the inspection has been completed, the inspector should provide you with a complete report laying out in detail the condition of all the major components of the structure: what condition they are in, if any repairs are necessary and, if so, what they are. Better inspectors will give you a ‘triage’ list of the items, prioritizing those items that require the most urgent attention down to those that can reasonably wait until a later date to be ameliorated. A good inspector will also point out those items that were built or installed that exceed current building standards. Some buyers can be frightened off from a perfectly good home if all they get is the bad news, while the house may be overall in great condition it’s just that no one has taken the time to point that out to them. The cost of a good home inspection can vary depending on the inspector and the size and intricacy of a home’s components. An average is typically $350 – $400; but, again, the price is dependent on a multitude of factors.

Once you receive the inspectors report, it is up to you to decide which items, if any, you want the seller to repair/replace, and which ones you can comfortably live with for the time being. Once you have made that decision, your agent will let the seller know what items you wish to have addressed. At this point, it is up to the sellers to decide what they are willing to fix and that can range from everything to nothing. Usually, what a seller is willing to have repaired is in direct proportion to the sale price agreed on for the house. If the seller has accepted what they consider to be a very low offer, they will more than likely be less willing to make repairs. If, however, they feel that a price that is fair to both buyer and seller has been arrived at, they will typically be more reasonable in accepting the responsibility for repairing items. Throughout this process your Realtor® can be an invaluable asset, not just in supplying you with a list of reputable, reliable inspectors, but also in helping you navigate the process of going back to the seller with your wish list of repairs and getting the most cooperation out of the seller throughout the process.

Let the buyer beware, but let the buyer not be scared.


Blue Ridge Station

Here we grow again! Ground has been broken for Blue Ridge’s newest project: Blue Ridge Station. A mixed-use development, there will be retail space on the ground floor and loft living on the upper three floors. The building itself has one foot in the past and the other in the future. With a nod to Blue Ridge’s past, the building will look something along the lines of an old brick warehouse. Inside, however, you will find the most up-to-date amenities. The ground floor will consist of upscale retail spaces that offer open, light-filled shops with convenient parking. Located alongside the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, it will be easy to stop into one of the shops and eateries that fill the retail spaces.

Upstairs, there are three floors of lofts – 15 in all—each offering two-bedrooms and two-baths. The 10-foot ceilings provide plenty of natural light and an overall burnished glow from the gleaming hardwood floors and natural color palette. Each has a balcony that overlooks the storybook city of Blue Ridge, helping you feel a connectedness to the city and its denizens. Each unit comes with two parking spaces in a well-lit, secure area to the rear of the building and there is no public access to the lofts. There is also a large area for dog-walking — or cat-walking if that’s your thing! The kitchens boast furniture-grade cabinetry, farm house-style sinks and quartz countertops. There are three different floor plans to suit a variety of tastes.

The lofts are perfect for full-time living, vacation rental/retreat, or a get-away from the pressures of city life. You are right in the center of beautiful downtown Blue Ridge so you can easily enjoy the many restaurants, shops, and galleries that are right in your front yard.. You are also oh-so-close to the many natural amenities in and around Blue Ridge, like trout fishing and kayaking on the Toccoa River, hiking and biking on the miles of trails that criss-cross Fannin County, paddle boarding on Lake Blue Ridge. Enjoy the best of all worlds at Blue Ridge Station. For more information and to keep up with the progress of the project, give Nathan a call. He will be glad to assist you in anyway possible to make your Blue Ridge dreams come true!












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Congratulations Nathan Fitts & Team – Real Trends Top 1000 – #24!

Congratulations to Nathan Fitts & Team of RE/MAX Town & Country for ranking #24 in the United States for total number of transactions! Nathan Fitts & Team have performed over 250 transactions this year in the North Georgia Real Estate market. This is a great example of what a motivated team can accomplish under excellent leadership despite being in a smaller market. The REAL Trends rankings are done in a partnership with the Wall Street Journal and cover the United States on both individual and team level. Nathan Fitts & Team specialize in providing a pain-free experience for both buyers and sellers in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia Mountain area.

Each year REAL Trends ranks the top sales professionals in the United States by transaction sides and sales volume. This ranking is done in partnership with The Wall Street Journal. The application process begins in January and ends in March and requires independent third-party verification on every sales professional and team, including their status as an individual sales professional or part of a team.

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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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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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Real Estate News Roundup!

10 Real Estate Blogs You Should Read

In no particular order, here they are:
  1. Bigger Pockets – This blog covers a wide range of topics touching on just about every question that a Real Estate Agent could have. Posts have titles such as, “What is the best interior paint for Landlords and House Flippers?” to “Never (Ever!) offer a Distressed Seller This…” and finally, “How to Start Investing in Real Estate at a Young Age“. And best of all, with this blog you’re getting the perspective of over a dozen people. It’s a must follow.
  2. RISMedia – This blog touts itself as “The Leader in Real Estate Information Systems” and they definitely do their best to back up their claim. One thing that really makes this blog standout from the rest is the fact that they have their own TV show. Yes, Real Estate TV. Perfect for folks who don’t like to read!
  3. The Real Estate Bloggers – This blog is all about the latest news, trends and marketing information. Don’t let the word trends scare you away. These guys are bringing the freshest real estate news out there. Like this post on a man that was swallowed by a sinkhole while sleeping
  4. The Real Estate Tomato – Jim Cronin has worked hard to help thousands of realtors develop a superior online presence that enhances their businesses. This blog is one of the ways he does that. And, the proof is in the pudding, he has over seven thousand twitter followers. The Real Estate Tomato blog strives to develop real estate agents into proficient bloggers, so if you’re looking to get started online, or get better about your blogging, this is the place to start.
  5. Inman News – Most of you have heard of Inman News by now. They’re one of the industry thought leaders when it comes to just about everything real estate. One thing I appreciate is their focus on the use of technology and the amount of data they often gather for their articles and conferences.
  6. Trulia – This is another industry leader when it comes to the real estate industry. If you haven’t seen their blog though, you really need to check it out and subscribe. One immaediate takeaway you can get from reading their blog is to see how to use a blog to target very specific people and instances. This post on finding an apartment in Manhattan is a good example.
  7. Zillow – Here is another great example for agents to get a lot of good information from industry leaders and see how they are using technology to sell homes. This recent post on “A Guide to Sublet Etiquette” seems quirky at first, but it could come in handy.
  8. Houselogic – This blog is great because it covers everything from helping people get organized, to green living and taxes and financing. There’s so much here, you could spend days reading it all.
  9. Paper Money – If you get excited when Excel opens up and dream in charts and graphs, this blog is for you my friend! It’s primarily focused on the US Real Estate Bubble, but the amount of information they provide to each blog post is astounding! Get caught up on where the housing market sits in this blog.
  10. – Last, but certainly not least is They’ve got all kinds of topics they cover from celebrity houses that make people on Cribs look poor to trends in home decor. My favorite is their article on Michal Jordan turning 50 and buying himself a mansion. A lot of the 12,000 square feet is hardwood flooring. Do you think he’s allowed to play basketball in the house?
Well, that’s it for the roundup! Hope you enjoyed, have a great weekend and let us know what your favorite blog is in the comments!
Credit: Rainer Title, Mar 2016