Celebrating 6 Years of Community-Centric Real Estate

Embracing Community and Connection

As the sun rises over the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, casting its golden hues upon the vibrant downtown of Boone, North Carolina, the vibe is the essence of community, connection, and home. At the heart of this thriving community stands 828 Real Estate, a locally owned boutique firm that has been a beacon of quality and community for six remarkable years. This sixth anniversary celebration also marks the sixth year that broker Sarah B. Long has been recognized as one of the High Country’s Top 50 Agents. What an accomplishment to be celebrated! 

Dedication to Exceptional Service

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our firm proudly serves the North Carolina High Country with a dedication to exceptional customer service from start to finish. Our team of agents isn’t just knowledgeable about the local real estate market; we’re deeply rooted in the fabric of this community. This intimate understanding of our surroundings allows us to serve our clients with unparalleled expertise and genuine care. Meet the team. 

Nurturing Our Community

At 828 Real Estate, our mission goes beyond building a business; it’s about nurturing a thriving community. Real estate isn’t just about properties; it’s about the people who call those properties home. Whether it’s helping a family find their dream mountain retreat, stocking our Little Free Pantry, supporting local groups, or sponsoring Boonerang, we search for opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the community.

Reflecting on Six Years: Some of our Favorite Memories In Our Community


Gratitude and Reflection

As we commemorate six years of growth, success, and community impact, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been a part of our journey. To our clients, who have entrusted us with their most important decisions, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your story. To our dedicated team of agents, whose passion and professionalism are the driving force behind our success, thank you for your unwavering commitment to excellence. And to the vibrant community of Boone and the surrounding areas, thank you for welcoming us with open arms and inspiring us every day.

Looking Ahead: Commitment to Quality and Service

As we look ahead, we remain steadfast in our commitment to quality, community, and exceptional service. With each passing year, we are reminded of the privilege and responsibility that comes with being stewards of the dreams and aspirations of our clients. And as long as there are mountains to climb and communities to serve, 828 Real Estate will be here, continuing to make a difference, one home at a time.


Happy 6th birthday, 828 Real Estate! We hope you’ll come to celebrate with us from 4 to 7 during Boone First Friday, June 7, 2024. There will be wine and a swag bag giveaway (bring your business cards), and Venture Chocolate & Wine, Co. will provide one of their amazing Charcuterie Boards! Here’s to many more years of building dreams, fostering connections, and celebrating the beauty of the North Carolina High Country.


About the Author

Taylor Higdon was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and was fortunate that family ties in North Carolina allowed her to fall in love with all North Carolina offers. One of her fondest memories was staying at the family’s cabin overlooking Pilot Mountain and spending long summer days trekking down the Blue Ridge Parkway to “Mr. Martin’s Store” for an orange crush and a moonpie, then stopping at “Turtle Rock” to take in the views. This fueled her love of traveling and experiencing all the world has to offer. 

Taylor studied Advertising and Graphic Design at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Still, her passion for learning has taken her through additional areas of study, and she refuses to stop learning. 

Her love for community led her to publish a neighborhood-specific magazine in the neighborhood she grew up in to bring people together and keep the community informed. Taylor brings her love for community and helping people with her to 828 Real Estate and has jumped in headfirst, and is an active member of The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. 

When Taylor is not working at 828 Real Estate, she spends time with her parents in Blowing Rock, exploring the many hiking trails, kayaking with friends, and spending time with her two cats, Inigo Montoya (Monty) and Pumpkin.