Celebrating 3 Years of 828 Real Estate

Owner of 828 Real Estate, Sarah Long with NC Realtors Susan Stelling and Corrinne Loucks at the opening of 828 Real Estate in 2018.

The 828 Real Estate office held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2, 2018! It was Sarah Long’s dream to have her own brokerage located on King Street in Downtown Boone.

Since that day, we’ve grown into an office of 7 agents who serve the High Country with passion and integrity. We continue to strive to be a premiere agency that serves our clients to the best of our abilities in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

Here are some great memories to look back on.

Hosting the Valle Crucis Community Park Concert Series

Supporting the local community is more important than ever! 828 Real Estate is proud to support Valle Crucis Community Park and the music community through their concert series.

In 2020, 828 Real Estate sponsored the concert series’ Tiny Porch version. Due to COVID-19, the concert was live-streamed with a small in-person audience at 182 Lower Crab Orchard Rd.

Be on the lookout for the 2021 concert we will sponsor!

Adding 3 New Faces in 2020

The year of 2020 was difficult for many reasons, but we did have some great new faces join our office! Tricia Hall and Lindsay Pinckney both came on as new agents and Lauren Wasmund joined as a Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager.

We helped over 121 clients achieve their real estate goals and our relationships grew stronger!

828 Real Estate Pups

The High Country is very dog friendly, and our office adores pups! We’ve featured our dogs all over our Instagram and Facebook pages. Emmie Lou, “Lulu,” is our office dog! She can be seen peeking through the window and front door to welcome all of our clients.


The relationships we make with our clients are just as important as the ones we make with each other. We strive to build relationships in our community by giving back and volunteering.

Over the past three years, we’ve hosted baby showers, birthday parties, holiday celebrations and many other events to build our friendships.

Here are some photos of those wonderful times:

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!