Grandfather Blueberry Farms is the quintessential mountain dream in North Carolinaâ€™s ineffably beautiful high country. Set on the sloping, meadowed shoulder of Grandfather Mountain, on the rushing banks of the Watauga River, youâ€™re in the epicenter of the mystical and magical Blue Ridge Mountains. Mere minutes from Boone, Appalachian State, Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Sugar & Beech Mountains, Watauga and the New Rivers, youâ€™ll enjoy all the cultural amenities of area. These include restaurants and performing arts venues like our â€œAppalachian Summer Festivalâ€ and continuing â€œAppalachian Arts Festival.â€ At Grandfather Blueberry Farms, youâ€™re in the center of it all. This land offers the inestimable opportunity to live well and authentically â€œbeâ€ in the mountains on so many levels. While â€œlivingâ€ in Chicago I was aware that my work and home life were fractured. I was depriving myself of earning my living in the same community in which I lived. As a form of right livelihood my work was segregated from my life until we moved to the mountains and I began practicing real estate in Boone. Today I live and work in a community where no â€œwallsâ€ divide these aspects of my life and if I may say so without seeming excessively self-absorbed â€“ it is fulfilling in a way my work had never been. Please donâ€™t misconstrue this as denigrating toward anyoneâ€™s work because I believe all work is dignifying and everyoneâ€™s job is meaningful. I recognize the power and importance of the Piedmont economies â€“ which enable us to work and live here because of those whose work there enables them to consider property here. I merely mention that the connection for me is enriching. And I say that by way of mentioning that this land offers exactly that same kind of connection to the community. Here, on the shoulder of Grandfather Mountain, stand nine hundred mature blueberry bushes planted by Karl Koebberlingâ€™s father decades ago. Families have been making the trek to Grandfather Blueberry Farms for generations. Become a part of that tradition. Husband these berries, magic moments, childrenâ€™s memories, familiesâ€™ stories and build your own dream in the mountains woven into the fabric of peopleâ€™s lives. If you find yourself at a life juncture where youâ€™ve tired of the metropolis, let yourself imagine a new life, well-lived in community in the mountains. Blueberries only last a couple of months and you can absorb another in their cultivation and maintenance but what about the other nine months? With eighteen and a half acres, myriad more opportunities remain to maximize your experience connecting and serving the mountain community. Meadows meander down from homestead though apple orchards all the way down to river tumbling and teeming with trout. Imagine disadvantaged kids catching trout far from the hard, concrete and corrupting city streets. Picture an orchard glistening in the morning dew, as fog climbs the valley to shroud Grandfatherâ€™s face while glistening dew drops drip from trees groaning with pure mountain fruit. Hear the kids giggling as blueberries thump hollow echoes in empty buckets as they traipse through foggy field effulgent with bursting berries. Listen to their laughter as Mom makes blueberry cobbler around the campfire under a pure velvet night sky sparkling with stars undiminished by environmental impurities or social strife. Wake up to this dream every morning on the shoulder of Grandfather and do your part to make it a better world as did Karl Koebberling and his father before him. Follow in those giant footsteps if you hear the calling. Cross the river, your own Rubicon, dividing your past and future lives and find yourself on commercial frontage of Hwy 105 where you can reconnect with those following in your own footsteps from the Piedmont. Standing beside this major thoroughfare, watch the traffic flooding into the mountains from North Carolinaâ€™s major metros. Here is where, if you wish, if it serves you, imagine building your store to induce and introduce these denizens of density to simpler pleasures; imagine inculcating here in others a path to peace of mind and a deeper, soul-restoring connection with nature. When I was a kid I remember hearing of doctors prescribing people â€œtranquilizers.â€ Iâ€™m not sure treatment rose to the occasion but I like the word. And in our Prozac era I suspect many if not most of us may harbor a hollow in our souls, echoing faintly and aching inchoately for a deeper connection with life, nature and community. I apologize if Iâ€™ve waxed ridiculous on an idea of land as bridge between people, nature, ourselves and each other. But the dream resonates within me and the compass points in that direction. And what if one person walks onto Grandfather Blueberry Farms and finds a fulfilling destiny in the thought? If that happens, I will have left the high country a better place. Call or e-mail us today and weâ€™ll introduce you to Grandfather Blueberry Farms tomorrow. Or follow the directions below and see for yourself. But donâ€™t tarry lest someone else find first what may have best been your future. DIRECTIONS TO GRANDFATHER BLUEBERRY FARMS 141 J.H.McLEAN ROAD BANNER ELK, NC From Booneâ€™s intersection of Hwy 321 (Blowing Rock Road) and Hwy 105, take Hwy 105 South, go 10.2 miles to Left on J.H. McLean Road. Cross bridge and make first left. Go thru gate and follow 200â€™ to Grandfather Blueberry Farms. Below are remarks posted directly to our fellow agents in the MLS: GRANDFATHER BLUEBERRY FARMS 18.6 AC, Hwy 105 & Watauga River Frontage, Foscoe! This is a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Unprepossessing farmhouse the sellers father started as a getaway and local blueberry farm to serve the community and meet neighbors. Today over 900 mature bushes command the shoulder of Grandfather Mountain in all their magnificence. More meadows extend from home with apple orchards down to the trout fishing extravaganza of Watauga River. Beyond is compelling commercial highway frontage on Hwy 105 at the foot of Seven Devils for myriad purposes. Come get this unique property while it remains on the market!
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