What $500,000 Gets You in High Country North Carolina Real Estate

Light and airy kitchen with white trim and light green walls.

The High Country has seen a major surge in real estate sales in the last year and a half. People from all over are scooping up the limited inventory we have.

Sometimes our buyers pay way over the asking price to make sure they get what they want. This has caused many clients to ask, “Will we be able to find something when we are ready to buy?”

This led to me doing a search and asking the question: What does $500,000 get you in the High Country?

4 Half-Million Dollar Listings Near Boone, NC

Our area is large and extends to an hour outside of Boone in some directions. These areas include but are not limited to Jefferson, West Jefferson, Crumpler, Sparta, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, Newland, and beyond. Many of these places are gorgeous with hiking, mountain views, water, and deserve to be considered as a place for a second, rental, or primary home.

When I started my search I found 24 places between $475,000-$525,000. 24 homes are currently on the market in that price range and I chose 4 to feature today.

271 New River Landing, Crumpler | $475,000

217 New River Landing exterior of log cabin home in Crumpler, NC

MLS 233046
271 New River Landing, Crumpler, NC 28617 $475,000
3 bedroom, 3.5 bath 2,210 sq ft. .5 acres and 55 minutes from Downtown Boone

Listing description: River Views!!! River Access!!! Walk to the River outfitters!!! This one has it all. Multiple covered and open wrap-around decks are great for entertaining friends and family while enjoying the great views of the river.

New River views from 217 New River Landing log cabin in Crumpler, NC

This log-sided cabin is very well maintained and offers multiple living areas with room for a large family. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Convenient carport and space to park a golf cart or ATV. Hurry this one won’t last.

See the Full MLS Listing for 217 New River Landing Here

175 Payton Lane, Banner Elk | $480,000

Exterior of 175 Payton Lane home in Banner Elk, NC

MLS 230659
175 Payton Lane Banner Elk, NC 28604 $480,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,854 sq. ft. 0.65 acres and 40 minutes from Downtown Boone

Listing description: Fabulous TURNKEY 3/2 stone cabin in the Heaton area. The level entry top floor has an open floor plan; two bedrooms and one bath, the living area, a dining area, and a kitchen.

Kitchen with stainless steel appliances in 175 Payton Lane in Banner Elk, NC

The kitchen has stainless appliances, an island with seating on one side and stainless steel on the other, and the rest of the surfaces have beautiful granite countertops. The kitchen/dining area has a large table with seating for six and a desk & chair space.

The lower level has a full-size washer/dryer, a big bonus room, and a spacious master bedroom with a full bath. This level has access to the deck, grill, and hot tub. Keep going down another level to storage and a walk-out basement. All but the basement has hardwood flooring.

Phone lines capable of DSL were run underground to the transformer box but the line was cut by persons moving dirt to improve the slope. The sellers did not need phone lines so they never had it. A true “bring your toothbrush” house.

View the Full MLS Listing for 175 Payton Lane Here.

202 Wren Cove Lane, Vilas | $514,900

Log cabin home at 202 Wren Cove

MLS 231481
202 Wren Cove Lane, Vilas, NC 28692 $514,900
3 bedroom, 2 baths 2,142 sq. ft. 1.7 acres and 18 minutes from Downtown Boone

Listing description: Cute log cabin in a subdivision of mostly log cabins. Great and open floor plan. The main floor offers a large foyer, great room, kitchen, and master bedroom.

Grand foyer with high ceilings in Wren Cove log cabin house

Upstairs is a loft and two more bedrooms with another bath. The current owners use the large upper bedroom as the master, but it could be a great bunkroom.

Hardwood floors throughout, tile floors in all baths. Full decks on three sides of the house and a partial deck in the back. The location provides a very nice wooded lot at the end of Wren Cove Lane.

View the Full MLS Listing for 202 Wren Cove Lane.

686 Stadium Drive, Boone | $519,900

686 Stadium Drive, Home for sale in Boone, NC

MLS 233187
686 Stadium Drive, Boone, NC 28607 $519,900
5 bedroom, 3.5 baths 3,073 sq. ft. 0.62 acres and 4 minutes from Downtown Boone

Listing description:
Walk to campus and ASU Football games!!! This is an updated, spacious 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in a very desirable in-town neighborhood. The home includes a basement studio/apartment with a separate entrance.

Covered carport and separate apartment entrance for sale in Boone, NC

The yard is mostly flat, partially fenced and owners even added a VERY COOL FORT for the kids!

Items updated in the past few years include new windows, an HVAC system (with air conditioning and new ductwork), a roof with architectural shingles, an incredible kitchen, refinished wood floors, a large deck, gutters, and so much more. In the apartment, new floors including the bathroom have been added.

View the Full MLS Listing for 686 Stadium Drive.

The Average $500,000 Home in High Country NC

Turns out, there are places to consider in this price range. They all have similar specs….3 bed/2 bath, 1800-2800 sq ft, but the one common theme is they get more expensive the closer you get to town.

Be sure to check these homes out if you haven’t already and let me know if you need any help in your search.

About the Author

I have lived in North Carolina my whole life, 20+ years in the High Country.  I grew up in Chapel Hill with a huge extended family. Naturally, I am a huge UNC fan.  Although my whole family lived in Chapel Hill, the majority of them are Appalachian State graduates. So, when it was time to pick a college, I knew Boone was the place for me.  I came to the mountains because, as my parents had always told me, it is an absolutely beautiful place and the people are so down to earth! That was 1997 and I have lived here ever since.  I met my husband Dave at ASU and we married in 2001.  We have 3 children, Elias, Faith, and Penelope.  Our family lives in Downtown Boone. Dave teaches middle school science at Valle Crucis Elementary School. Before becoming a Real Estate Agent,  I spent 5 years as the co-teacher of the 9-12 year old class at Mountain Pathways Montessori School.  We are elders at our church, Harvest House, where I have taught preschool for the last 20 years.  I can't believe it been that long.... time flies when you’re having fun!  I met Sarah Long, 828 Real Estate's Broker/ Owner, in 1997.  My interest in Real Estate developed when we bought our first home and has grown as we have bought and sold over the years.  Sarah was our Realtor for years and suggested many times that I pursue Real Estate as a full time career.   I am so glad I did.  I am enjoying introducing others to the place I love and call home….I look forward to helping you find your perfect place!