Located in the Northwest corner of the North Carolina, The High Country is home to the highest mountain elevations in the eastern United States and the deepest Gorge east of the Mississippi (Linville). The best ranked small towns in North Carolina are located here, and the towns and villages include Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Valle Crucis, West Jefferson and Linville. The High Country is an easy two hour drive from Charlotte and is three hours from Raleigh/Durham. The High Country is also two hours from the Asheville area.
The High Country offers four complete seasons with cool summers and glorious colorful falls and is known for ski resorts, challenging mountain golf courses and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The quality of life here can be energetic, culturally rich, or simply tranquil depending on what you seek. Activities range from hiking and rafting to shopping and top rated dining. The rich mountain heritage and culture is enhanced by a vibrant fine and performing arts community that offers a wide variety of events and festivals.
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Real Estate in the High Country
Home choices in the area range from quaint mountain cabins to gorgeous homes that rival any in the world. We have private country homes with acreage and exclusive gated communities. Townhomes and condos are also very popular.
The High Country has a large proportion of second homes, with many buyers spending the summer months where the temperatures rarely go above 85 degrees. Some homebuyers choose a home that they can rent out to vacationers to defray costs.
High Country home prices have not increased from the recession due to the high percentage of homes being a discretionary purchase and a large inventory. This has made purchasing a home in some of the most prestigious zip codes much more approachable. Buyers’ market conditions will continue for at least 1-2 more years. Couple this with a low property tax rate and home ownership here is a strong value.
Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
Avery County Chamber of Commerce
Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
Blue Ridge Parkway
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce
High Country 365
High Country Dining
High Country Events Calendar
High Country Living
High Country of North Carolina
Ray's Weather Center
The Mountain Times