Why live in the mountains?

View from Max Patch Bald

Maybe one of the greatest appeals to living in Madison County
is the lack of traffic, noise, and high rise buildings!
Madison County consists of the towns of
Hot Springs, Marshall
(county seat), and Mars Hill (home to Mars Hill University) .
 Nestled in between these towns are numerous communities such as Spring Creek,Trust, Luck, and more.

With a population of 600+- people the quaint mountain town of Hot Springs 
 has locally owned restaurants, shops, family owned hardware store, and history!
Within a half hour you can reach Weaverville, and Newport Tennessee where you will find
WalMart, Lowes, and other franchise businesses.


Hike near Hot Springs NC

Hot Springs welcomes seasonal visitors for hiking including many people
thru hiking on the
Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Hot Springs is the only town in North Carolina that the trail passes through,
so it’s a popular stopping place for hikers to pick-up mail,
and supplies as they continue northbound.
Rafting on the French Broad River

Rafting on the French Broad River

 Many people wander over from nearby areas in North Carolina such as Asheville,
and Tennessee for weekend getaways in Hot Springs.
Canoeing and rafting on the French Broad River (the 3rd oldest river in the world)
popular recreational activities for local weekenders,vacationers,
and of course… local residents.
There's history at the spa!

There’s history at the spa!

A visit to the Hot Springs Spas will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated!
Here you can rent a private spring fed and naturally heated hot tub on Spring Creek
or the French Broad River,
 You may also want to indulge in a soothing massage.
Even local residents enjoy a day or evening out at the spa!

Riding the Rattler- Hwy. 209


Car shows, motorcycle rally, and festivals are annual events
                that locals and visitors enjoy!


Located in Madison County… the “jewel of the Blue Ridge

                                                                               Blue Ridge Outdoors

Hot Springs has the distinction of being voted the
“2012 Best Small Mountain Town” 

by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine


Here’s a few examples, not an all inclusive list of people who I find to be attracted to this area:
People from the north & south of N.C.
including those from the north tired of shoveling feet of snow,
and those from the south desiring to escape summer heat
Entrepreneurs & self employed individuals who can work from home
the scenery from your home office in the mountains can be captivating.
Retirees- from all types of professions.
In particular many military veterans are attracted to the solitude of the mountains,
I’ve had clients specifically seeking this area because of the accessibility of the
Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville which boasts a very positive reputation. 
Retired law enforcement people also find a slower pace appealing (including me!).
Western North Carolina has interstate road systems such as I-40, and I-26.
Other major roads such as U.S. Hwy. 25/70, Hwy. 19/23/74, Hwy. 209,
 connect rural areas to cities such as Asheville, Waynesville, &
towns such as Hot Springs, and Marshall.
 Generally in rural areas it takes longer to get from place to place due to
twisting, and steep roads.  
You usually can’t drive at the same speed that you would on an interstate or major highway.  
Driving times to your destination can be somewhat longer than you would expect
due to the terrain.

The time spent driving is worth it for the amazing scenery!
At Only in the Mountains Realty…
I take time to familiarize buyers with the area.
As your real estate broker I feel it is important for you to be
well informed about the area that you may call “home”.
Music/sound effects:
Carolina in my Mind- James Taylor