210 Ferguson Ridge Rd, Union Mills, NC. Sit on the front porch of this 1916 farm house and enjoy the mountain views, or recline in the parlor and marvel at the expansive mural painted by award-winning artist Stephen St.Claire (currently maintaining a gallery in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC). Next to the parlor is the chef's kitchen: large, inviting, up-to-date, with warm touches like the mahogany countertops. The ample cabinetry with two appliance garages helps keep things looking tidy, and the huge island features a hammered copper sink catching the water from a genuine old well pump converted into a faucet. If you like, you'll be able to cook with herbs and whatever else you want to grow in the new greenhouse on the back of this old farmhouse.
The formal dining room sits in the center of the house, and the 11' tall bead-board ceilings throughout the main level lends a spacious and grand feeling to this historic home, with a beautiful foyer staircase leading upstairs to two bedrooms and a full bath with a Jacuzzi and separate shower (Similarly there is a separate shower and Jacuzzi tub in the Master bedroom). There are also two large bedrooms on the main level, so the home could be considered four-bedroom, though the front bedroom (in the photos, it's deep blue) would make an excellent office.
Storage is always at a premium in older homes, but you'll enjoy walk-in closets, a walk-in pantry and a smart use of space throughout. Plus two detached garages offer workspace in addition to storage, and where they connect creates a gorgeous, relaxing courtyard with a slate-floored, coverd porch. There's a perfect spot for the grill and an outdoor fireplace... perfect for outdoor entertainment.
Look out any window and see views of the mountains or rolling pasture land, with lush vegetation and privacy. You'll be proud to own three amazing hundred-year old oaks in the front yard, but the old walnut and pecan trees are just as impressive. Well established pears, peaches and apples will help fill your cupboards. (Now there is a word we don't use much anymore!) If you like gardening, you'll love the rich soil and wide open sunlit spaces, and there's plenty of room for your horses with all this usable acreage (plus it's close to the Tryon International Equestrian Center).
Broadband internet through Northland Cable is available, new double-pane windows were installed, and the property has two wells (one is new). The central a/c and heat uses two Carrier heat pumps, the fireplaces have been converted to gas logs (the original chimney flues are in place, so you could easily revert, if you like), and there are two garages (one is being used as a game room). You'll find new carpet upstairs, travertine tile in the kitchen and an abundance of original flooring is protected with hard enamel. A new septic system was installed in 2007, and it's worth mentioning is that there is a termite bond on the home, too!
So what about this area? It's about a 45 minute drive into artsy Asheville, the new brewery capital of the south. And this beautiful old refurbished home is just a bit over a ten minute drive into the county seat of Rutherfordton, with its grocery stores, the court house, the hospital, and restaurants. Rutherfordton is adjacent to Spindale and Forest City, offering plenty of additional restaurant choices, along with larger commercial enterprises like Lowes Home Improvement, Walmart, Staples, Tractor Supply, etc. You'll find pretty much anything you need here. Beautiful Lake Lure, is about 20 miles, or choose the 24 mile drive to Lake James!
There are several golf courses in the area: three municipal, plus Bald Mtn, Apple Valley, Cleghorn, Meadowbrook and Dogwood Valley. And those are just the nearby ones. There are riding stables, gold panning venues, tubing, kayaking, zip lines, performing arts, and of course, the Blue Ridge Parkway, which also gives you access to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
All in all, this is a great place...clean air, clean water, no traffic, easy, peaceful living is waiting for you. Call Dan Hoffman at 828-289-6885, and set up your appointment to see this property!